Monday, December 23, 2013
Erector Sets--The Gift of Regifting
Do you regift? Be honest! How many times have you received a gift; then recycled it into a gift for someone else? There are a few ways to look at this habit: A)Tacky, B)Eco-Friendly, or C)God Ordained.
Perhaps it would be tacky to regift that presidential chia pet. 'W' is so four years ago. It might be considered eco-friendly if it is a fruitcake. Goodness knows those take up a lot of landfill space and are not biodegradable. However, have you ever considered that a certain type of regifting might actually be God ordained?
Let me explain.
Hubby had a selection of, shall we say, antique toys. Okay, okay, they were antiques because they were his 'special friends' back in the 70's. In this secret cache of toys, lay hidden treasures for little boys from 0 - 100: a genuine mark one Erector set, first run Legos, Fisher Price adventure time jeep, pontoon boat with attachable Fantasy Island water plane, a real ee gauge train set with transistor control, a log cabin with period style furnishings, a Sears and Roebuck microscope with 6 sets of slides, a handmade Filipino wooden jewel box with pirate booty (a.k.a Filipino centavos), and two die cast Flying Circus planes with removable canopies and trick wings. It was little boy paradise.
This year our little boy turned 5. He is the perfect age to play with these types of toys. We dusted them off, gave them a little TLC, and wrapped these treasures for our little treasure. When Gabe stumbled out of his room, his eyes widened and his face beamed. He went from toy to toy touching them, playing with them, jabbering at his Daddy to help him build something. Zing.....Vroom....Bang...Clang. An assortment of wonderful little boy sound effects tumbled effortlessly out of Gabe's mouth in thanksgiving. He loved them and he FREELY accepted them.
Chris was blessed all those years ago by his Dad with these gifts. Thirty five years later, at just the right time, Chris lovingly opened his hands holding those blessings and showered them on his son. What a beautiful moment in time! It occurred to me that it wasn't anything bad or good that inspired Chris to bless Gabe. It was Chris' LOVE for him.
You see, in this story there is another story. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16 NIV). Love came down that first Christmas night. God poured out his love on us by giving us JESUS. And do you know what, it didn't stop there? Jesus didn't hang onto the life God blessed him with. He gave it to us. He poured out His love for us on the cross, freely, lovingly, and extravagantly. That gift is ours to freely accept just like Gabriel did.
So how bout it, are you ready to unwrap your Heavenly Father's gift to you?
Chew on This!
GOD. LOVES. YOU.
Do you want to accept God's gift to you? Click here to begin a relationship with Jesus.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:4-9 NIV
Listen to these songs and consider the words:
The Night Before Christmas--sung by Brandon HeathLove Came Down at Christmas--sung by Jars of Clay